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Wild scenes outside Mountjoy Female Prison

Dublin, 28 November 1913 - It is reported that a suffragette protest at Mountjoy Female Prison has ended in violence and disorder. The women protestors gathered earlier today to show their support for Mrs Sheehy-Skeffington who was recently sentenced to prison. The police were aware of the suffragette protest and had lined up to prevent access to the roads surrounding the prison. The suffragettes began shouting in protest at the police presence, and then tried to find ways to break through the police cordon. The pushing and shouting by suffragettes went on for some time until the women dispersed.

One woman, waving a small suffrage flag did manage to break through police lines and she sprinted towards the prison gates. However, she was chased down by a number of policemen who returned her, to the groans of her supporters, to the suffragette lines.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.